The NHL playoffs are well underway and the series are definitely not going as expected. We break down every series, trying to find out how all these 2-2 series will finish. Our look includes: – A surprising increase in goals – An equally surprising (and related?) increase in playoff penalty calls – Controversial goalie interference calls – Whether the Toronto Maple Leafs or Edmonton Oilers have more pressure on them – Can the Florida Panthers advance with 0 powerplay goals? – Will the Colorado Avalanche and the magical Cale Makar sweep? – Brad Marchand and the wack-back – Mike Smith turning over the puck andRead More →

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here! Which also means that it’s grilling season. What has Nick been smoking so far? Jeff Blashill is out as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. Where will the team head from here? Could another former Red Wing be back in the mix? Mark Scheifele had some pointed words that have given the Winnipeg Jets reasons to be concerned. How can the Jets fix the latest problem for the team? The first round matchups are set, so let’s see who Carl, Nick and Trash Dog pick for each matchup. Some storylines to watch: – How will Sheldon KeefeRead More →

This week marks the end of the NHL regular season. And there are still plenty of races to be settled! Only Minnesota Wild vs. St Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers vs LA Kings are set. Where else will teams lineup? Robin Lehner‘s abrupt end to the season brings to light a continued issue for the Vegas Golden Knights. Are they being reckless with injuries? We look back at Guy Lafleur‘s career after his passing. Ryan Getzlaf played his final NHL game. How will he be remembered? The difficult decision is finally made, as the Dallas Stars are removed from the Elimination Station, as two teamsRead More →

Marshawn Lynch is now a part owner of a the Seattle Kraken. Which begs the question: What zamboni donut-esque way would we spin our NHL ownership? It was a busy week for goalies around the NHL, with Frederick Andersen and Tristan Jarry going out with injuries. What will this mean for their teams playoff chances? The Athletic released a tell-all about Eugene Melnyk’s time as the owner of the Ottawa Senators. But was it too soon after his passing? Mike Bossy passed away this week. Where does the New York Islander great rank among the all time best? There are two more teams to addRead More →

Nick is in COVID protocol, but that doesn’t stop him from showing up! Auston Matthews scored 50 goals in 50 games. Is Nick’s prediction of 70 goals this season still within reach? We take take a look at the pending playoff picture, starting in the fully locked in Eastern Conference, with many matchups left to settle. The picture in the West is much more complicated with the LA Kings still holding onto their unexpected playoff spot. How have they gotten this far and can they hold on? Doug Wilson has resigned as the general manager of the San Jose Sharks, which begs the question: CanRead More →

This week had another slew of hot button issues. But also, had enough time for background talk, cheese talk and Auston Matthews talk. <a class=”spreaker-player” href=”https://www.spreaker.com/episode/49323611″ data-resource=”episode_id=49323611″ data-width=”100%” data-height=”200px” data-theme=”dark” data-playlist=”false” data-playlist-continuous=”false” data-chapters-image=”true” data-episode-image-position=”right” data-hide-logo=”false” data-hide-likes=”false” data-hide-comments=”false” data-hide-sharing=”false” data-hide-download=”true”>Listen to “Episode #374 – The Dog Fight” on Spreaker.</a> Jay Beagle tried to fight the entire Anaheim Ducks, particularly Troy Terry and Trevor Zegras. This opened a can of worms, looking at how games should be handled with a big lead, how fights should be initiated and if poking the goalie is allowed. Keith Yandle‘s ironman streak ended. Leaving Phil Kessel as the ironest man standing.Read More →

Carl is back as him and Nick have a much less musical dive into the week of the NHL. Eugene Melnyk passed away this week. How will the owner of the Ottawa Senators be remembered? Evgenii Dadonov was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks. And then he wasn’t. Who’s to blame for the troubles? It is time for a double Elimination Station! And Nick presents a challenge: Eliminate a Central division team from the playoffs. Which of the possible teams will make it? Which leads to a renewing of our very two-sided rivalry with Jamie Benn. Lastly, they select the Pavel Bure Must Watch Games ofRead More →

Aliens. They’re out there. Probably. And they might watch hockey! Auston Matthews got suspended for 2 games for his cross check on Rasmus Dahlin. So, does this end his Lady Byng bid? As the Trade Deadline nears, Joe Pavelski and Rasmus Ristolainen signed extensions with the Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers respectively. Josh Manson leaves the Anaheim Ducks to join the Colorado Avalanche. Is it a worthy risk for the Avs? We announce a trade deadline contest. You can enter it here: https://forms.gle/k8EWL8Vozdh3n2616 The Detroit Red Wings have avoided the Elimination Station for some time, but they can no longer. But Nick has hope forRead More →

With Major League Baseball in a work stoppage, we look back at previous NHL work stoppages and try to decide if it was worth it in the end. The NHL trade deadline is less than two weeks away. While it might not be a busy deadline, we look at which bubble playoff teams should be buyers or sellers and which players could be on the move. The San Jose Sharks enter the Elimination Station. With San Jose on the other side of a closed window, but with many of the same players still under contract, where can they go from here? Lastly, we pick theRead More →

Canada won hockey gold! Which more than makes up for an underwhelming men’s tournament. Which will have to tide us over until a summer version of the World Junior Hockey Championship. Thank you for using our idea IIHF! Jack Eichel returned, but not with the splash that Nick predicted. The Toronto Maple Leafs made two deals with the Arizona Coyotes this week, picking up Ryan Dzingel and Carter Hutton. But why? The Calgary Flames and Sidney Crosby are the best of the week. While officiating takes the seat for the worst of the week. The New Jersey Devils enter the Elimination Station. With Dougie HamiltonRead More →